Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara Announces Two Attorneys to its Special Masterships and Alternative Dispute Practice

Rhode Island – March 1, 2023 – Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara LLC (PLDO) announced that Alison A. Tate and Mitchell J. Young have joined the firm as Associates. Both attorneys will focus their practice working with PLDO Principal Matthew “Matty” A. Lopes Jr., who leads the firm’s Special Mastership in Prison Monitoring Team for the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California, which is responsible for monitoring prison reform compliance and progress in the implementation of mandatory mental health screening, diagnosis and treatment of prisoners throughout the California prison system.

Below are each of the Attorneys’ brief profiles:

Alison A. Tate, Associate

Attorney Tate has a deep and diverse background in education, which enables her to bring unique and multiple perspectives from the foundation of teaching and learning to the legal services she provides clients.  She spent the majority of her career instructing high school students about U.S. Government, U.S. and World History, and Politics. Attorney Tate’s commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) earned her the Rhode Island Department of Education’s “RIDE DEI Recognition” for excellence in Distance Learning. In addition, she was named a US Presidential Scholars Distinguished Teacher in 2022 by the US Department of Education. Prior to her esteemed career in education, Attorney Tate was a Rhode Island Public Defender, where she represented over 1000 clients in all stages of civil and criminal proceedings, resulting from charges of child abuse and neglect, to ensure all litigant’s civil liberties were equitably afforded.

Attorney Tate earned her J.D. from Western New England College, School of Law, a Bachelor of Arts degree from Mt. Holyoke College and holds a teaching certificate from Providence College. She is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and the United States District Court. For more information, visit Alison A. Tate’s profile.

Mitchell J. Young, Associate

Attorney Young is a skilled litigator who has navigated clients through numerous complex civil litigation cases, ranging from complex injury claims, traumatic brain injury, wrongful death, insurance disputes, and probate. He also carries experience in alternative dispute resolution, representing clients in arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Prior to joining PLDO, Attorney Young was a Litigation Attorney for a full-service law firm, where he routinely appeared in Rhode Island and Massachusetts courts and coordinated pleadings, motions, discovery, and trial work. While in law school, he interned at the Rhode Island Department of Administration and Rhode Island Office of Regulatory Reform. He also completed an externship in the Strategic Procurement Division of CVS Health, Inc. prior to launching his career in the greater Providence area.

Attorney Young earned his Juris Doctor degree from Roger Williams University School of Law and his Bachelors degree in Criminology, cum laude, from West Virginia University. He is admitted to practice in Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and is a member of the Rhode Island and Massachusetts Bar Associations. For more information, visit Mitchell J. Young’s profile.

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Pannone Lopes Devereaux & O’Gara (“PLDO”) attorneys are highly skilled with a proven track record of achievement representing clients with respect to complex matters in a wide range of disciplines and industries. The founders of PLDO were formerly partners in an international law firm and are trained in multiple disciplines. The primary areas of practice for the firm include corporate and business law, employment law, civil litigation, special masterships, health care law, municipal law, nonprofit law, data protection and cyber law, criminal defense-white collar, estate planning, probate administration and trust litigation, and real estate and commercial lending. The core values of respect, integrity, quality service and responsiveness are stressed each day at PLDO and the firm is committed to supporting the community in a meaningful way. The firm has offices in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Florida. For more information, visit